mancora --> quito
The past 3 weeks at Kokopelli in Mancora were indescribably relaxing. Everyday was beautiful and sunny, there was one bad day and that was only because it was cloudy. Work wasnt work at all. It was making drinks, eating food, talking to people, and occasionally making drinks and ordering food for them. When I didnt have work I would spend the day by the pool, at the beach, or in my favorite hammock at the Loki hostel down the road. Perfect weather, amazing people, not a bad life.. The nights were fun, at Loki and Kokopelli there were events almost every night like beer pong, trivia, power hour, or just parties. After the hostel bars would close everyone would go to the beach where there were a few clubs.
Louie flew into Quito on Christmas night and the plan was to leave Mancora late Christmas Eve/Christmas morning to meet him at the airport but that didnt end up happening. I went to get my bus ticket on the 23rd and the guy at the office told me there were no buses running on the 24th or 25th.... eek. Was a little nervous about how things were going to work out, but I went back the next day and the woman told me that of course there was a bus leaving on Christmas. It actually ended up working out pretty well, had one more day in mancora and was able to spend christmas with friends rather than on a bus.
The bus ride turned out to be one of the best ones Ive been on. Got on at 11pm, passed out, woke up at the border two hours later, was the first person to get my passport stamped, got back on the bus and fell back asleep (apparently after me the computer got screwed up and it took an hour for the rest of the bus to get their stamps), woke up at 6am in Guayaquil to change buses, fell back asleep, woke up when we stopped for a meal around 1030am, then fell back asleep til we arrived in Quito. There was a Dutch couple on the bus that also left from Mancora so we did everything together and amazingly the hostel they were going to was one street away from mine so we were able to share a taxi.
Now Im with Louie!! Pretty exciting, I cant believe it. And I cant believe Lauren will be down here in two weeks as well. We didnt do anything last night, we were both pretty tired, just got food, played a game of pool (hard to decide who is better...), then went to sleep. The hostel we are at, Vibes, is pretty cool, there is a huge lounge area with a massive TV, pool table, fooseball, and bar. The only thing that was shitty was this Russian dude who hogged the computer the whole time. I will refrain from ranting although its really hard to resist. He was soo annoying.
Anyways, today was kind of stressful because we had to figure out our next move. The plan was to go to Banos for a couple days, then head to Montanita for new years, then stop in Mancora on the way down to Lima. Well apparently the volcano in Banos can erupt at any time so we could potentially be evacuated at any time. And Montanita is where everyone is going to for New Years so if you dont have a reservation you probably wont find one. Scrambled to find one with no luck, then decided it wouldnt be worth it to try and go anyways... literally going to be 5000 people on a beach/in a town that consists of.... 3 maybe 4 streets? So we figured we would cut our losses and just go straight to Mancora. Finding a place there online has proven just as difficult, but the chances of things working out there are much more likely. So thennn we had to find a bus. We went to three different offices, none of which had a ticket to where we wanted to go. Stress levels were rising but the fourth place we went to had a bus for us. Thank god. So bus tickets are booked for 9pm tonight.
AFter figuring that out we went to TeleferiQo which is a 4000 m high viewpoint of all of Quito. Quito is hugeeeee, it stretches for ages. It was beautiful. And now we are back at the hostel killing time until our bus tonight.
Im so stoked to go back to Mancora !! Should get off the computer, dont want to pull a Mr. Russia